27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Don't be scared... give it a go! Anyone can do it!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Billy Blanks' Tae-Bo - Get Ripped [DVD] (DVD)
A friend of mine has been recommending these videos to me for ages but I never listened, thinking workout videos were much too "cheesy" and could never provide a proper workout... I was wrong!
I finally bought this video because I work full-time and study part-time so it's very hard to find the time to go to a gym or organised fitness classes. Workout videos offer the flexibility to fit in a quick session whenever you need it.
And this video really does offer a good workout! Having done some taekwondo and kickboxing in the past, perhaps I have a head start on understanding the techniques (which is really important, or you can injure yourself!) - so I would recommend newcomers to martial arts-style exercise should definitely start with the Instructional Workout (at the end of the tape).
Even if you think you're pretty fit and you're dying to get up a proper sweat, do the Instructional Workout first. I know it's a bit boring, but honestly it's a good idea!
Then the "Basic" workout... don't be put off by the name, if you're a bit of-out-condition (like me!) it'll be plenty challenging to begin with! ;-) And once it's getting easy, you can move up to the "Advanced" workout. As an added bonus, the tape starts with an 8-minute workout - perfect for when you're really pushed for time!
The presentation of the video is a bit cheesy, rather American, and some people might find Billy Blanks a little irritating. But he is a good motivator, and his constant exhortations to count along out loud are actually very good at helping you keep up and concentrate (not that concentration is a problem with this video... I find the time flies because it really is fun!)
And what's especially fun about this video is the variety of people behind Billy, doing the class with you - from the sickeningly super-fit girls at the front (in their crop-tops!) to the rather hefty men and ladies at the back. Quite often you can spot someone going a bit wrong, which is very encouraging as you struggle with your coordination! ;-)
All in all, I'd say whatever your size, shape and fitness, get a Tae Bo tape and have a go.